Matt Doherty only left Wolves last summer to join Tottenham.

He has now been reunited with former Old Gold boss Nuno Espirito Santo in north London.

Many might have assumed that linking up again with his old manager will put Doherty in a strong position.

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But the Athletic claim that Nuno would sell Doherty if the right offer came in.

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It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nuno was of course the manager who sold Doherty in the first place.

And Jeff Shi’s comments on Doherty from May could end up proving quite relevant.

He said at the time: “Matt is the kind of player suiting a style. At that time, the team, or the head coach, wanted to change the style a bit. So for a certain team, Matt can do a very good job,

“But if you want to change to maybe a more possession-based team, I think we need to maybe have a different profile of player, so that’s one of the reasons.

 

“And, also, I do believe Matt himself wanted to move because he has been here for ten years, so I think it’s the right moment to move to a new club, to challenge himself again. So it’s a good deal.”

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So if Nuno is trying to bring in a more possession-based style at Spurs, perhaps it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Irishman on the move again.

Will Doherty regret leaving Wolves?

It certainly hasn’t worked out as planned.

Doherty has struggled to establish himself at Tottenham. He was a guaranteed first pick at Wolves.

If he ends up leaving Spurs after a season, it would be pretty clear that the decision to leave Wolves wasn’t a good one.

His Wolves exit certainly hasn’t taken him to the next level and Wolves got in Nelson Semedo to replace Doherty, so it worked out well for Shi and Bruno Lage.

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